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Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • 5 Minute Make Up

    I used to think 5 minute make up was not possible, unless I was not wearing any. I would spend almost an hour everyday just getting ready to “face” the day. After years of experimenting and playing I have my makeup routine down to 5 minutes.

    Start with a clean face. (On a side note, many facial cleansers actually dry out your skin making any problems worse. Check out our blog on Jojoba Oil.)

    Using powdered or compressed foundation and your favorite foundation brush, I personally like kabuki brushes, in circling movements put the foundation across your face. I sometimes repeat this step. (You can use your fingers or a smaller brush to use foundation to cover any spots). Use your fingers to even and smooth out areas in which the make up might be too heavy, be sure to blend around the hairline and jaw.

         
    Kabuki brush Kabuki Brush

    Next, again using your favorite brush add little bit of bronzer, less than a dime size amount. Run the brush along your cheeks following your cheekbones, and maybe along the bridge of the nose, under the eyebrows, forehead, basically anywhere the sun would naturally cause your skin to tan.

    If you would like you can use a mineral veil at this point, it helps to blend the foundation and bronzer and also helps keep your skin oil free.

    Next choose your favorite eye shadow and using a fluffy eye shadow brush or even your finger gently put eye shadow on both eyes, no need to get too fancy here.

    This is optional, but if you feel like it you can use some eyeliner for more definition. After many years of practice I use a slanted eyeliner brush and a dark compressed eye shadow, yes eye shadow, for eyeliner. It is more forgiving than liquid eyeliner and does not dry out in the container letting me use it for much longer. Put your fingers at the edge of your eyelid and gently pull the skin towards your hairline, this makes your eyelid flat and easier to put eyeliner on.

    Top it off with mascara if you wish. Sometimes I use a curler first especially if I am sleepy and want to look more awake. I use natural mascara and sometimes skip wearing it altogether. I started taking mascara breaks when I noticed that my lashes actually stayed longer and grew faster when I took breaks.

    Finish your look with a smile, this is the last and most important step. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing make up or not, a smile makes you and other people happy.

  • What is Jojoba Oil and How To Use It?

    What is Jojoba Oil? Is an extract from the Jojoba tree, which is native to North America. The really interesting thing about Jojoba is that it is incredibly similar to the oil that your skin naturally produces. You can use jojoba oil on your face to balance your natural oil production; this can help with acne, dry skin, aging skin and more. Jojoba oil is safe to use on your face and will not clog your pores. Below we describe a neat way to use it and to give yourself a little love.

    Start by using a little water to dampen your face, it’s helpful if you’re not wearing any makeup. Once your face is damp, put a quarter sized amount of jojoba oil in your palm. Generously, spread the oil on your face and your neck if you would like. Your face might have sheen to it, and that’s ok.

    Then take a warm or hot damp rag, not dripping wet, make sure that you’re in a comfortable spot and lay the rag across your whole face. Relax, and leave the rag over your face for at least a minute or more. You can even reheat the rag if you would like and repeat.

    After removing the rag use your fingers and circular motions to gently begin massaging your face. Continue to do this for five minutes or more. As you do it you will start to feel little balls of dirt and dead skin coming up.

    When you’re finished use a little bit of warm water and a rag to remove the oil. You don’t have to get it all off, leave a little bit on for added moisturize through out the day.

    You can do this mini facial with jojoba oil 1-2 times a week. You can also add 4-5 drops of jojoba oil to your regular moisturizer as well.

    Jojoba oil Dropper with jojoba oil

    This blog was written with the help of Lara Gibby.

  • Easy Raw Food Lunch

    Need something easy for lunch? Try this raw easy to make “tuna” salad!

    This meal is not only satisfying and savory, but has limited ingredients and is fairly easy to make.

    I like to put my “tuna” salad over a bed of fresh lettuce. I also sometimes throw a few cranberries, tomatoes, and sprinkle some nutritional yeast on top of my creation. This recipe really only takes about 15 minutes to prepare, just remember you have to soak the nuts for a little while.

    Raw “Tuna” Salad

    Serves 2

    Ingredients

    1/4 c raw pumpkin seeds (soaked 10-30 min)

    1/4 c raw sunflower seeds (soaked 10-30 min)

    1-1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

    1/2 tsp sea salt

    1/2 tsp black pepper

    2 tbsp cold pressed (if available) olive oil

    1-2 tsp garlic depending on taste

    1-2 tsp poultry seasoning (optional)

    1/4 c diced red or yellow onion

    1/4 c chopped celery

    1/4 of red pepper chopped (optional)

    Put nuts, apple cider vinegar, oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and poultry seasoning into food processor. Blend or chop until you get a still chunky consistency (it will look somewhat like tuna salad). Remove from food processor and mix in chopped onion, celery, and red pepper

    Enjoy!

    a picture of the finished raw tuna salad
  • Find Lasting Love

    Find Lasting Love 

    Karma of Love Book Review

    Hands making heart shape with fingers

    Can you truly imagine what it would be like to find lasting love? What if you could find the perfect partner and each year your relationship would get sweeter and sweeter? Life is about unknowns, in anything we do we have a 50% chance it could succeed or a 50% chance that it won’t; this is true even with relationships, but what if we could change that?  The book Karma of Love, by bestselling author Geshe Michael Roach tells us exactly how to find our partner, complete with every quality we would like them to have. If we’re in a relationship the book details how to fix any problem we’re having with 100% certainty.

    Karma of Love 100 Answers for Your Relationship is written using the ancient wisdom of Tibet in a completely modern context.  The book is a compilation of questions, told through personal stories from the author Geshe Micheal Roach, making for an interesting often entertaining read. After reading the beginning of the book called, The Most Important Questions of All, you can flip to whatever problem you are currently experiencing and the book details how to fix it.  It has almost every problem people in relationships face, and is truly amazing, and the really great part is that it works.

    The book Karma of Love is a good read that could change your life, not just your relationship.  You can read it over and over again, and what as your relationship blossoms and grows sweeter year after year.

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